During the cold month of February, movie buffs can find plenty to enjoy in Glasgow. The annual Glasgow Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend with the closing Gala on Sunday.
The Glasgow Film Festival was created to present the best of international and Scottish cinema to film lovers in Scotland.
The festival includes movie screenings, discussions and lectures, festivals within the festival, workshops and even the chance to meet filmmakers from around the world. This weekend marks the end of this year’s festival fun.
The 2016 festival began on the 17th of February and finishes tomorrow on the 28th. For the past ten days there have been venues all across the city hosting special screenings of films, both new and old, and talks and workshops with directors and filmmakers.
The festival began with an opening gala in which Hail, Caesar!, the acclaimed Coen Brothers film starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, was premiered, just days after its World Premiere at Berlin Film Festival.
The final day of the festival will include film exhibitions such as the unique “This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-1985) Exhibition” being shown at the venue Tramway Glasgow.
There will also be screenings of the films such as Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, I Am Belfast, and Peace Officer in other venues throughout the city. A special family screening of Beauty and the Beast will be held at Trades Hall, including costumes, children’s workshops, and Beauty and the Beast themed teas and cakes.
The Glasgow Film Festival’s closing gala will include the UK premiere of Anomalisa, a unique film using stop-motion animation, which was directed by Charlie Kaufman, writer of films such as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This film won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at the Venice Film Festival.
Visit the Glasgow Film Festival’s website to find out more about booking last minute tickets, and information on purchasing season tickets for next year.
And if you are disappointed to have missed this year’s Film Festival fun, you still have time to purchase tickets for the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the biggest competitive short film festival in Scotland. The GSFF, now in its ninth year, aims to expose new international and local film talent and celebrate the different forms of cinematic expression.
The five-day festival will include film competitions, pitching workshops, masterclasses, movie screenings, discussions and more. Discover the short film’s potential to push at the boundaries of cultural expression.
The Glasgow Short Film Festival will run from Wednesday the 16th to Sunday the 20th of March. Find out “what’s on” and purchase tickets here.